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Poster: Moongleam Date: Nov 19, 2010 11:47pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Night of the Blood Beast (1958)

The copyright was supposedly renewed by Revival Pictures. However, the film is sold by these companies:

Alpha Video (price: $0.99)
Mill Creek
Sinister Cinema
Retro Media
Echo Bridge Home Entertainment

I wonder if what was true of The Saint Louis Bank Robbery is also true of this movie: the copyright was "renewed" by a company that didn't own the film.


This post was modified by Moongleam on 2010-11-20 07:47:49

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Poster: Video-Cellar Date: Nov 20, 2010 11:35pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Night of the Blood Beast (1958)

After some further research, I'm pretty convinced that "Revival Pictures" was a renewal scammer. However, they would have to be the most elaborate of all of them, with nearly 130 renewal including mostly TV but a lot of movies also. The thing that gives it away is that many of the original studios renewed the pictures as well, which suggests that Revival did not have the authority to renew the items. The below screen cap shows the conflicting renewals for "Wagon Train" episodes.

As AIP/Filmways/Orion or any other associated companies to "Night of The Blood Beast" didn't renew it is pretty safe to assume that the film would be PD.

This post was modified by Video-Cellar on 2010-11-21 07:35:03

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Poster: cosmico Date: Nov 21, 2010 10:43am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Night of the Blood Beast (1958)

Thanks for the research! This is great news (for us).

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Poster: guyzilla Date: Nov 20, 2010 11:43pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Night of the Blood Beast (1958)

Then I'll get on it. Mine's the Alpha copy so if someone has the Sinister print, I hope they put it up as well. But give me a day or two.

This post was modified by guyzilla on 2010-11-21 07:43:43

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Poster: Moongleam Date: Nov 21, 2010 12:25am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Night of the Blood Beast (1958)

Thanks a lot, Video-Cellar. I don't know where we would be without you.

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Poster: cosmico Date: Nov 19, 2010 11:43pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Night of the Blood Beast (1958)

I've wondered about that one too. Since it was made back-to-back with Attack of the Giant Leeches with much of the same crew, and Leeches is PD, it seems quite likely that Blood Beast is in the same boat. Or rocket, in this case.

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Poster: Moongleam Date: Nov 19, 2010 11:49pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Night of the Blood Beast (1958)

Yes. Video-Cellar stated that its copyright was renewed, but if he did some more research perhaps he would find that the renewal was invalid.

If anyone has a copy, look for a valid copyright notice in the credits.

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Poster: billbarstad Date: Nov 20, 2010 4:24am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Night of the Blood Beast (1958)

A copy I have contains a copyright notice: © COPYRIGHT 1958 BALBOA PRODUCTIONS.

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Poster: Moongleam Date: Nov 20, 2010 3:12pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Night of the Blood Beast (1958)

Thanks. There's still the hope that the renewing company had no right to the film.

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Poster: billbarstad Date: Nov 20, 2010 3:37pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Night of the Blood Beast (1958)

You may be right. When I looked up the renewal information on Attack of the Puppet People there were 2 renewals, which I thought was odd. One was by the movie's production company, Alta Vista Productions, the other was a claim by Revival Pictures.

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Poster: guyzilla Date: Nov 20, 2010 9:40pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Night of the Blood Beast (1958)

Hopefully it's the same story as "Not of this Earth". I have the alpha copy of "Night..." If someone can straighten out this controversy then maybe I or someone else can upload it.

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Poster: Moongleam Date: Nov 20, 2010 4:21pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Night of the Blood Beast (1958)

These public-domain dealers sell it:

RetroFilm Vault ( http://retrofilmvault.com/index2.html )
Desert Island Films ( http://www.desertislandfilms.com/titles.html )

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Poster: guyzilla Date: Nov 20, 2010 10:15pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Night of the Blood Beast (1958)

On clicking the links provided, I found that the retro film vault does not sell (or rather, doesn't like to sell) to the general public and their materials are in formats that I'm not familiar with. The other link posted a list of films that were for the most part PD, however I was able to spot a few ("1000 Eyes of Dr mabuse", "Faust") that weren't, so you can't really go by what's PD and what's not by who sells them. Alpha mostly sells PD material, so if "Night of the Blood Beast" is indeed copyright, then maybe they put this out with the mistaken belief that it was PD. Tha Alpha copy I have was purchased years ago and since I have not seen any of their catalogues in recent years, I don't know if they still have it available. I tend not to be interested in what they are putting out since I discovered that much of their material is sourced from Sinister Cinema's product. Sinister Cinema in recent years has gotten in the habit of superimposing a small, generic "S.C" at the bottom right hand corner of the screen. You can see this in some of the trailers I've uploaded. Some of this material, features, that is, when Alpha gets a hold of it, the picture is "zoomed" to the point that the "S.C" moved offscreen, out of view. For that reason, when I do actually purchase a film, I'd rather buy it from Sinister, spend a few more bucks, and get a decent copy that's unaltered. Sinister also sells much material that is not pd, and much of that can't seem to found anywhere else.